Games from August 22:
Chicago White Sox 2 - New York Yankees 1
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in left and batted ninth. He went 0-for-3: strikeout (foul tip), strikeout swinging, strikeout looking. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
LA Angels 7 - Boston Red Sox 3
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 6th -- runners on first and second, one out, Red Sox down 5-2 -- and allowed both inherited runners to score before getting out of the inning. He then retired the side in the 7th and tossed a shutout 8th despite giving up a two-out triple to Chris Iannetta. Final line: 2.2 IP, 46-33 NP-S, 11 BF, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Milwaukee Brewers 3 - Chicago Cubs 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-4: double to center (run scored), ground out to first, fly out to center, pop out to first in foul territory. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Seattle Mariners 3 - Cleveland Indians 1
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) started the game and gave up one run (earned) over 5.2 innings of work. He was not involved in the decision. Final line: 5.2 IP, 90-59 NP-S, 23 BF, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Scranton/WB 2 - Buffalo 1 (AAA) [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started at first and batted fifth. He went 1-for-4: fly out to left, walk, GIDP, infield single, fly out to right.
Ryota Igarashi (SWB) entered the game in the bottom of the 11th and tossed two shutout innings in relief. He got the win and is 4-3. Final line: 2 IP, 30-18 NP-S, 8 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.
Round Rock 7 - Nashiville 6 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 9th and did not allow a run over two innings of work. Final line: 2 IP, 34-21 NP-S, 9 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Lehigh Valley 1 - Rochester 0 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first. He went 0-for-3: strikeout swinging, walk, fly out to left, fly into double play. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS), from ESPN.com's Joe McDonald:
The right-hander was at Fenway Park on Wednesday and deemed himself healthy and ready to pitch for the Red Sox. He could be in line to start against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, but the Red Sox have provided no official word.
"After my last start down in Pawtucket, I told [manager] Bobby [Valentine] and [pitching coach] Randy [Niemann] that I felt good and I was ready," Matsuzaka said. "I haven't spoken with them this time around, but I'll be speaking to them soon, and I think a decision will be made then."
... "It's the first time I threw deep into a game in a while, and my body feels fine today," he said.
Valentine mentioned during his daily pregame news conference that Dice-K has a sore calf, which the pitcher said he's not worried about.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) told reporters that he wants to continue pursuing a career in the Majors and is currently not thinking about returning to Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2012
Yu Darvish (TEX) was scratched from his next start because of tightness in his right quad. From the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson:
The Rangers have decided to skip Yu Darvish's next start Thrusday and push him back to Tuesday after the right-handed complained of tightness in his right quadriceps during his between-starts bullpen session.
... Darvish issued a statement, saying that he doesn't not consider himself to be injured. He said that he and the coaching staff determined a few extra days of rest was the best course of action. Darvish first felt discomfort Tuesday toward the end of his bullpen session.
Takhiko (G.G.) Sato was released by Fortitudo Bologna 1953 on August 21. Source: Sponichi 8/23/2012, Official Announcement
2012 Stats: 42 G, 51-for-160, 35 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, TB 73, 14 BB, 7 HBP, 33 SO, 3 DP, .319/.391/.456